First Impression : Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2
Release Date : Feb. 25th, 2014
Article Posted : March 16th, 2014
Systems Released On : PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
System Played On : Xbox 360
Developer : Mercury Steam
Publisher : Konami
After the high bar that Lords Of Shadow set for a hack and slash game LOS2 was finally released and seems to only hit some of the high bars LOS hit.
The game itself looks fantastic. The character models for both your character and the enemies are well done. Detailed to a point on some enemies even. The world sometimes feels open and lush, bright and vibrant. Other times however the world feels small, cramped and generic. Mainly when put through small rooms and tunnels. The game almost has two extremes for how it looks. It can either be beautiful or as plain as it gets. I recall going from a area with a decaying environment that had me amazed to hallways and platforms of gray.
Game play wise you should know what to expect going in. This is your traditional hack and slash with some added mechanics. You have your light attack, strong attack, block, and finisher. You also have two sets of “powers” of which each hold their own place during combat and puzzle / platforming. Unfortunately they couldn’t leave well enough alone and added stealth elements into the game. At no point or time should full blown stealth scenes be added into a hack and slash like this. It killed the mood and just felt like a trouble to have to do.
Be prepared for boss battles though. During the first few missions I did alone I had several. These aren’t your average short boss runs however. I recall my first boss battle taking at least a half hour. Some of these bosses are multi-stage prolonged battles. Now while for some moments the battles can be fun and exciting especially when they are giant staged battles I also couldn’t help but feel like they took too long. After so long I felt as if the battles were just continuing for the sake of being a long battle.
From what I can tell so far the game is a mixed bag. The game play is simplistic in the hack and slash element but the stealth sections seem to only kill it. Looking at the game is just as mixed of a bag as the game play going between good and bad. If you liked LOS then you can check this out. Most action fans however might want to just give it a try or wait a while.
Review Copy Provided Courtesy of Konami